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Old 05-27-03, 08:57 PM   #1
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One bicycle story.

At a target shopping center, in one of suburbs of Los Angeles, a bike was standing next to the shopping carts return cage.
Since this was late in the evening, approximately around 11pm, bike got my attention, as the store was getting closed and not many people around, except for few "not so nice" teenagers, Target's emplyees that were hanging around the bike.

An hour later, I was comming back the same way and saw an absolutely empty shopping center and this bicycle laying in the middle, with attached and partly ripped piece of paprer on the handlebar. The paper said the following:

For sale, 20$, in good working condition.
Below that, with different ink color, was another note: "Please, take it..."

After this guys "played" with the bike ( they were actually trying to vandalize it), the front wheen was completely bent with partly cut tire. The fork was also damages and the seat ripped off.

I started to pull the bike to the side, behid the building, thinking to maybe use it for parts later, *deuraillers, cranks, handle bar, brakes...
Fortunently, I saw a man that was running around on a similar bicycle,checking the garbage cans, picking up the bottles. I asked if he needed a bike and he said that he sure will take it.
I am sure he can use the parts as they are exactly as the one he was riding on.

Such a story... Even though bikes have different values, sadly that some people allow themselves to destroy good things for "fun".
Hopefully the bicycle is saved now.
Below is the picture of it.

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Old 05-28-03, 08:45 PM   #2
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what a senseless waste. :irritated

everyone knows that the only proper way to dispose of a bike is to derby it.
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I do wonder if the person or people who wrote and attached the note had the authority to do so.

Sounds like the bike was stolen to me.
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I haven't thought about that... but it's possible. Then they tried to sell it but noone bought.
The bike wasn't very expensive, but it may have been the shops style, becayse brakes were side pull style while warehouse stores bikes usually have caliper brakes...
I couldnt read any names on it as there werent many. Deurailler had "sunway" name on it...
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Holy Cow! That MTB looks better than the Pacific Toy bike I purchased from Toys R US which is saving me $80.00 dollars a month or $960.00 dollars a year by not having to take the New York City Subway! What a waste!


P.S. That bike would easily sell for $45.00 on Craig's List! in Manhattan
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There was one russian teacher of Geography, which was in his 50s and now he finally got a chance to travel through US. He is an experienced cyclist. Well, he brought a bike with him and started on it from Eastern coast, but while passing through NJ, he found a thrown away bike that only needed ( something like seat post or pedals...) He quickly fixed it and continued his trip to California on this found bike...
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